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Sapphire RX 470 8GB vs RX 480 4GB, both nitro + OC

Hi guys which card should I buy? The RX 470 8GB is a bit more expensive atm, around $15 difference

Thanks for the answer!
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  1. Tough choice man. How much price difference is the RX 480 8gb there btw?
  2. Low Profile Gamer said:
    Tough choice man. How much price difference is the RX 480 8gb there btw?


    RX 480 8GB is not on sell currently :/
  3. NetLiberate said:
    Low Profile Gamer said:
    Tough choice man. How much price difference is the RX 480 8gb there btw?


    RX 480 8GB is not on sell currently :/


    I always thought that 4GB VRAM was enough. But then I'm seeing a lot of youtube videos, saying that 4GB is not enough for newer titles. Don't take my word for it, but I'm rooting for the RX 470 8gb. Let's wait for other opinions
  4. Get the RX 480 4GB. Developers aren't going to make games unplayable on 95% of the world's GPUs, and any settings that would require more than 4GB VRAM would result in unplayable frames on a mid-end GPU anyway.
  5. Thanks man, gonna wait for others opinion while waiting for RX 480 to restock
  6. http://www.techspot.com/review/1220-amd-radeon-rx-470/page9.html

    it's 6 of one, half-dozen of the other. However, if the price difference is only $15, I would go for the RX 480.
  7. turkey3_scratch said:
    Get the RX 480 4GB. Developers aren't going to make games unplayable on 95% of the world's GPUs, and any settings that would require more than 4GB VRAM would result in unplayable frames on a mid-end GPU anyway.


    Yeah, that used to be true. However, if you look at these benchmarks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb5Xz7K2NO0 It clearly showed that the GTX 1060 3gb have really suffered from having a lower VRAM. The RX 470 4GB performed a lot better by just having more VRAM. So requiring massive amounts of VRAM on these new GPUs wouldn't result in unplayable frame rates anymore. I know that the RX 470 4GB didn't really suffer, as the "4GB" is apparently enough, we couldn't really tell in the future. Things are changing fast. I was honestly surprised too.
  8. The GTX 1060 does not have just lower VRAM. It is a cut down chip, it is basically a GTX 1050 that they called a 1060 just to market it. If it was an actual 1060 3GB it would perform extremely close.

    Also, benchmarks are always in ultra settings which tax VRAM the most; real-world people using a GTX 1060 3GB probably won't get 60FPS on ultra settings, and lowing the settings can result in less VRAM usage anyway.
  9. turkey3_scratch said:
    The GTX 1060 does not have just lower VRAM. It is a cut down chip, it is basically a GTX 1050 that they called a 1060 just to market it. If it was an actual 1060 3GB it would perform extremely close.

    Also, benchmarks are always in ultra settings which tax VRAM the most; real-world people using a GTX 1060 3GB probably won't get 60FPS on ultra settings, and lowing the settings can result in less VRAM usage anyway.


    Based on the Forza benchmark, as seen in the vid, it maxed out the 3gb VRAM of the 1060 but still got 59 FPS. While the RX 470 which is supposed to be a weaker card, got 80+ FPS due to its VRAM not being maxed out. So they have a big chance of getting 60 FPS on ultra settings. More so, in modern games as Vulkan and DX12 will be used. I'm not really saying that OP should get the RX 470, as I've said earlier that he shouldn't take my word for it, but it's already becoming a fact that VRAM on these mid range cards are now important. Besides, the RX 470 is almost an RX 480. It's just a fact that should really be considered.
  10. FYI: The 470 8GB is more expensive than the 480, not the other way around
  11. NetLiberate said:
    FYI: The 470 8GB is more expensive than the 480, not the other way around


    In that case, get the RX 480 for sure.
  12. Best answer
    NetLiberate said:
    FYI: The 470 8GB is more expensive than the 480, not the other way around


    I would absolutely not pay more money for a 8GB 470 than a 4GB 480. It might have less VRAM but the 480 is a faster card. Having 4GB of VRAM with a faster card will result in more FPS than 8GB of VRAM on a slower card in the vast majority of games out there.

    There are examples like Forza 6 Apex that seem to be VRAM hogs. I have played quite a bit of this game. On my old GTX 970 I couldn't max it out at 1440p without tons of stuttering even though my 970's core usage was only around 60%. This is because the game was using more than the 3.5GB of fast VRAM on my 970. A little tweaking of the settings was all I needed to get a rock solid 60 FPS though.

    My 1440p monitor requires a little more VRAM than a 1080p monitor. There might be a couple games where you have to tweak the settings at 1080p because you only have 4GB of VRAM on your 480. If you go with a 8GB 470 you might have enough VRAM for every game but you will have to tweak the settings more often than a 4GB 480 just because the card is slower.
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